I love to cook and I am fascinated by food and nutrition. I didn’t used to be like this. We were pretty typical and ate the typical American diet. We ate out a lot and I hated to cook. Then came Celiac Disease. That changed everything. I had never spent much time thinking about what we ate or about how what we put into our bodies might affect our health and our emotional well-being. The first of the family’s diagnoses came January of 2007. I spent the next 2+ years cooking and baking gluten free. Much of that time we were also dairy free as we were part of the majority of newly diagnosed Celiacs that can’t tolerate it until the small intestine heals. I didn’t worry about sugar and I had no idea there was such a thing as good fats vs bad fats. I still believed that saturated fat caused heart disease. This blog is a pretty good reflection about what was going on in our home over the years as far as the food we ate and what I believed was the right thing at the time. For example, I used to freely use vegetable oils such as canola, corn etc. Now I won’t touch them and use coconut oil almost exclusively. I also believed that agave nectar was a good, healthy choice as a sweetener. I do not use that now. So as you browse my recipes please forgive my poor choices earlier on.
As I am part of several Celiac support groups I began to notice a trend. Many people seem terribly bitter or angry about the diagnosis. We are not. More good has come of it than bad.
- We now are very conscious about what we put into our bodies. Every label is read. At first it was just looking for gluten. Now it is looking for many things such as high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, stabilizers, colors, starches, added sugar and the many names that comes as, types of added oils etc.
- We eat out a whole lot less – almost not at all. Many people complain about the cost of eating gluten free. For us that hasn’t been the case. We now eat mostly whole foods and very little processed foods. If it comes in a package, box, bag or can we likely don’t use it. Cutting out the processed foods along with eating out has decreased our food budget.
- If it hadn’t been for my husband’s initial diagnosis we have little doubt we would have at least one child on the autism spectrum. I am not saying that Celiac Disease causes autism. I don’t know that. What I am saying is that when our oldest child gets gluten she has significant behavioral changes. She becomes a different person. Until recently, she had very few gastrointestinal symptoms. Most of her symptoms are behavioral. Without the family history it likely would have taken years if ever to get a diagnosis for her. Our third child is also showing signs when he is exposed.
- My knowledge of food and nutrition has become a big focus in my life. Cooking and learning about real food is a hobby and a passion.
- Because of Celiac Disease my children will never be exposed to the typical American diet. Research has shown that any culture who adopts our way of eating becomes sick like we do. They start getting cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a long list of others at the same alarming pace as we do.
We are 100% gluten free in our house. 3 of the 5 of us here likely have Celiac Disease and I tend to think that gluten is probably poison for a great many more people who do not have CD. I keep this blog mostly for myself so I can catalogue all my recipes and pictures of the things that worked for us. I have made these public at the request of family and friends. Besides if it can help someone else, that would be great. I don’t buy any mixes or pre-made anything so you won’t find recipes that contain those. We eat real food, whole food, traditional food. We try to live and eat by these words: If it’s not food, don’t eat it. I don’t believe in eating low-fat. I believe in eating the right kinds of fat. I think every now and then we all need something sweet. (Don’t even try to defend aspartame to me. This falls under the ” not food” category!) I think Dr. Russell Blaylock is a genius. I also think that Michael Pollan’s writing on the state of food in this nation should be a required reading for all.
If you hate store bought gluten free bread like we do, please check out my GF DF Whole Grain Bread recipe. It is rice free, foldable, soft, tender and moist. Gluten eaters love it too.
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“The emperors of nutrition have no clothes. Never listen to them again.” ~ Michael Pollan “In Defense of Food.”